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Robert Collins
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Robert Collins is a freelance journalist based in London. Since 2000 he’s been Features Editor of Playmusic magazine, edited the musicians’ sections of NME and Melody Maker, and has contributed to The Sunday Times, Globe&Mail;, The Toronto Star, thelondonpaper, Ryanair Magazine, FourFourTwo, Sleaze Nation and many others. He earned his degree in American Studies at the University of Manchester, where he developed his exacting standards for chicken kebabs, and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where he learnt the finer points of the pick and roll.

Robert writes about global sports culture in his column, Sticky Wickets.
Before you ask, his favourite sports moment of all time is the Second Test between The British & Irish Lions and South Africa in 1997. He cannot dunk and has never even come close.


Features

Sunday, November 4 2007

Pastures of Plenty: An Interview with Fields

It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for. Fields are proving that on a daily basis.


Sunday, October 21 2007

Life of Ryan: An Interview with the Cribs

The Cribs made a name for themselves as brash, belligerent punks, but they’ve cemented their place in the rock world with their music -- an intelligent, resolutely British take on power pop that’s actually done better across the pond than in Britain.


Wednesday, October 17 2007

Max Power: An Interview with Maxïmo Park

From the market streets of China to the back alleys of London, Maxïmo Park are poised to take over the world.


Sunday, September 23 2007

The Mysterious Mr Wheeler: An Interview with Ash

He's spearheaded one of Britain’s greatest bands for over a decade. So why can’t we figure out what makes Ash’s Tim Wheeler special?


Sunday, September 9 2007

Notes from the Underground: An Interview with Viva Voce

Husband and wife team duo Viva Voce aren’t the new White Stripes. No one in this family will be writing songs for Coca Cola any time soon.


Columns

Sunday, January 11 2009

The 2008 Stickies

To celebrate the past 12 months of infuriating and entrancing sports culture, PopMatters proudly presents the Sticky Wickets Awards for the best and worst in Global Sports.


Sunday, December 14 2008

The Thinking Voice of the NFL: A Conversation with Mike Carlson

"If I was doing the same thing in the States, I’d probably be getting lot more criticism, not only from the fans but also from the people themselves."


Sunday, November 30 2008

Change Some Can’t Believe In

Lewis Hamilton, the precocious, handsome son of a black father and white mother (remind you of anyone?), is the Formula One Champion of the world.


Tuesday, October 28 2008

Open Season on Zebras

If prime time sports were a new invention, as opposed to the end result of well over 100 years of recreational history, would the powers that be entrust management of the games to old men with whistles?


Monday, September 22 2008

The Life and Death of the English Football Song

Collapsed Lung's "Eat My Goal" is but one indication that the cute, fun, just 'getting behind the team' football song of days gone by had now become big business.


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